From The Blade
An estimated 400,000 Ohioans adopted between 1964 and 1996 would have access to their original birth certificates after having been largely blocked by state law from that information absent a court order, under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the House on Wednesday.
The measure unanimously passed the Senate earlier this month. With the 88-2 vote in the House, the bill heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk.
“This is unlocking the door to their original birth certificate, providing an essential piece of the puzzle of someone’s own personal history,” Rep. Nickie Antonio (D., Lakewood) said. “They have been living in an unfair limbo up to this point, because they couldn’t access that essential document.”
A primary sponsor of Senate Bill 23 is Sen. David Burke (R., Marysville), whose 26th District stretches north to Sandusky Bay. He was adopted at the age of 3 months.
Under the bill, those adopted between January, 1964, and September, 1996, or their adult direct descendants, may request their adoption files from the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics and pay a $20 fee in much the same way those adopted before and after those dates can.